Can I Get Another (Book)?



I regularly find myself browsing my shelves or running into favorite books and desperately wishing for a second (or third or fourth) book to dig into. In some cases it hasn’t been long since I read the author’s last work while others have made me wait a few years. Here are a few books that have me (not so) patiently waiting for the author’s next book.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Chad Harbach threw together two of my favorite things (baseball and a small academic setting) in the best way possible with 2012’s The Art of Fielding and has had me waiting for a follow-up since. He reappeared earlier this year with the essay collection MFA vs. NYC, but I’m still anxious for another great story.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

I absolutely adored the incredibly unique scrapbook style of 2012’s Girlchild and have recommended it ever since. I have to admit that I’ve done my fair share of checking Edelweiss for Hassman’s name in hopes that she has another book in the works. Hopefully soon!

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Not long after writing 2011’s Rules of Civility, Amor Towles released an e-book companion that followed one of the novel’s secondary characters. That’s all great and good, but I’d love to see what else he has cooking.

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

This is one of my top five books ever. It’s disturbing and twisted in all the right ways and I absolutely need more. Sadly, there hasn’t been any signs of something else to come from Donald Ray Pollock.

The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

I’m not big on series reading and maybe this is why. Where is the last book in this trilogy, Mr. Cronin? When I saw him speak at the National Book Festival last year, he mentioned that the third book should be out “next year”, but I don’t even see it on the horizon through mid-2015. I’m getting sad. And beyond forgetting details.

The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom

It’s only been a year since Kent Wascom’s debut and I’m already itching for more. That’s the sign of a great writer, right? The Blood of Heaven was one of the most intricately written books I’ve read in a long time and I can’t wait to see where Kent Wascom goes next.

Which authors have you on the edge of your seat waiting for another book?


  • yes! The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock all the time; everytime! I really should read Knockemstiff but I just want to know that there will be more Pollock books like this and soon.

    • I’m in the same boat with Knockemstiff and always blamed my not having read it on my weariness over short stories, but now I wonder if I’m kind of holding it aside in case there’s not something else.

  • I just finished Hild by Nicola Griffith and it only takes the protagonist up to age nineteen. More is promised, but when?

  • I’ve never heard of Girlchild, but it sounds great. And The Art of Fielding has been on my list since it came out. I’m not really into sports books, but I’ve heard enough good things that I think it’s a must read. I would put it on my list for Free Range Reading, but that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it.

    • I think many times The Art of Fielding gets lumped into “sports books” when people are trying to make lists of sports books, but the baseball itself is more part of the plot than actual action scenes, if that makes sense.

    • Pick up Girlchild, Tanya! That little book has A LOT of impact! Amazing writing! Amazing. Not easy subject matter in some places, but a book that packs a great punch. (I was just about to jump in here and say that when I saw your comment. ;-) )
      I’m waiting for something more from Alex George (A Good American) and Liza Klaussman (hello, remember Tigers in Red Weather?), Rita Leganski (Silence of Bonaventure) and yes – Amor Towles!

  • Its funny that you mention Cronin, as I’ve been wondering the same about the last book in the trilogy. In fact, I’d been considering re-reading the first two books, since its been so long and I’ve already forgotten chunks of the plot. Hopefully the new one comes out in early 2015. As for Girlchild, I remember hearing lots about it, but never actually reading it. I’m thinking I need to as you are so effusive about it. I’m adding it to my TBR list :)

    • I just heard on the Books on the Nightstand podcast this morning that it won’t be out at least until Fall 2015, which I assumed since it’s not in any of the early 2015 catalogs :/

  • Amy Sachs

    I’m pretty sad that it’ll most likely be another ten years before we see another book by Donna Tartt. I would also love another book by Erin Morgenstern after Night Circus.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I cannot wait for Amor Towles next book! I hear he quit is Wall St. job and is writing full time now.

  • Wascom’s problem is he’s too busy traveling around the country and enjoying his life to put himself through the hell of writing another book.

  • I loved The Art of Fielding as well (though I’m not a huge baseball fan, I loved the sports psychology angle of how a star athlete loses “it”…whatever “it” is)and I remember it getting so much hype at the time with Harbach’s spread in Vanity Fair, etc! Thank you for putting him back on my radar screen! Also loved Rules of Civility and didn’t realize there was a companion e-book…I’ll have to check that out.

    • Totally right about The Art of Fielding…I’m a big baseball fan, but I don’t really want to read about baseball being played necessarily. That psychology of it was what made it so interesting. I’m so curious where he might go next!

  • I need more Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles), Lucy Wood (Diving Belles), and Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena).

  • Wesley

    Erik Larson’s Lusitania book!

    • My husband grabbed the ARC I brought home from SIBA right away and just recently finished it…he said it was fantastic (of course)!

      • Wesley

        Of course! He gives me unrealistically high expectations for all history books, it’s a problem

  • Love this post! Amen to Justin Cronin’s trilogy. And I’m waiting to dive into more Patrick Rothfuss because his next book won’t be out for a while.

    • I’m just hoping I can find a way to not have to re-read The Twelve…it’s been so long and those are some chunky books!

    • I read the first Rothfuss book, but that’s it. I figure I’ll wait until the series is over, that way I only have to re-read one huge book. I kind of wish I’d gone that route with Cronin.

  • Ugh, yes, The City of Mirrors. This is why I don’t like reading series until they’re complete.

    I’m also really eager for Armada, Ernest Cline’s second book. But that’s at least a fun kind of anticipation rather than a frustrating one.

    • I totally forgot about Armada! I remember when it was slated to be out in July of this year…I wonder what happened with that.

  • Ti Reed

    I hear ya on the 3rd installment of The Passage. I like how The Twelve started off with a recap of The Passage because without it, I would have been lost. Plus, the movie is in the works so I wonder where that falls in all of this.

    I am looking forward to the follow-up to The Rose Project.

    • Oh, I SO hope they use the film rights to do a cable TV show instead of a movie…there’s just so much meat in the plot that would fall apart in a movie.

      • Ti Reed

        I heard that Ridley Scott was directing but I don’t think it’s for TV. Sounded like a theatrical release but I am not sure if the movie will encompass all three parts or will be filmed separately.

  • Lisa

    I definitely agree with the Towles and Harbach books. You’ve also piqued my curiosity with Girlchild and The Devil All the Time. I would also suggest Erin Morganstern (Night Circus) and Renee Rosen (Dollface). I love this post and seeing what people are suggesting!

  • Jess – A Book Hoarder

    I almost jumped into The Passage when I heard it was going to be out late this year but now I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve waited this long to start…I want to wait so I can read them back to back.

  • Heartily agree on Rules of Civility, which is one of my favorites of all time . . . I’d go crazy to read another by Towles. Girlchild was a novel that i felt just so-so about while reading it, although I’d have to say I’m surprised by how it’s stuck with me. I didn’t expect it to, honestly. So I am sure I would read Hassman’s next . . whenever that is.

  • AnnabelSmith

    Oh, I feel your pain about The Passage trilogy. Get on with it already Justin! I’m ALWAYS hankering for the next book by Ann Patchett.

  • I haven’t read any of these! I had not even heard of Girlchild!

  • Words for Worms

    YES on The Passage! I put off reading the second book just because I knew I’d go bonkers if I had to wait for the final installment.

  • Silver’s Reviews

    BEAUTIFUL display and great post.

    I know of a few of these, but haven’t read any of them.


  • Lauren

    A little late to the party, I had to wait until I could stare at my shelves. I second many of your selections, particularly Don Pollock. And I immediately went and ordered Girlchild, thanks for putting that on my screen.

    So a couple that jump out at me are:

    Maria Semple: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? was a favorite the year it came out. I still laugh when I think of the 8 steps to parking in Seattle.

    Carol Riffka Brunt: Another favorite of the same year was Tell The Wolves I’m Home. I’m not one who cries over books, but damn that one tested me.

    Thanks for a great post!

  • Carol Rifka Brunt’s an author I cannot WAIT to get another book from. She wrote Tell the Wolves I’m Home last year or the year before, and it was one of my favorites of the year, if not my most absolute favorite. And then Hanya Yanigahara, who wrote The People in the Trees; I’m VERY psyched to see what she does next, also.

  • I would absolutely love another Harbach. I just loved the heck out of The Art of Fielding. I always thought of it as a book about baseball…that wasn’t really about baseball ;)

  • Amor Towles, absolutely yes! He’s one of my new favorites, I was impatient for more as soon as I finished Rules of Civility and then again with Eve in Hollywood. Just love his writing.

  • I’ve been meaning to read Rules of Civility for quite a while!! I think it’s time to pull it off the shelf and see what all of the buzz is about.